A take on Kishkashta
Crochet Pattern: DIY Faux Kishkashta in a plant pot Pattern - A Manafka Mina Original Design
(printable PDF-file / 14 pages)
US crochet terms.
This is a step by step pattern, that contains detailed instructions for each round and many close-up pictures. It's includes intricate stitch patterns, color work and shaping. If you have experienced crochet in the past it will suit you well. It might be a little more difficult for you if this is one of the first projects you do.
For any questions, please don’t hesitate to write me on the Manafka Mina Facebook page and I'll try to help you and answer your questions as soon as possible.
TO MAKE THIS PATTERN YOU'LL NEED:
• 4 different yarns calling for 4 mm hook (US1½) : green, dark green, turquoise, brown
• 2.5 mm (US 1½) crochet hook
• Tapestry needle
• Soft stuffing (cotton wool, polyfill, etc.)
• Approx. 3x8 cm (1.2x3.1 inch) piece of white
felt (see ‘eyes’)
• 2 black 12 mm (0.4 inch) glass eyes
• Glue - all purpose adhesive, I use UHU
• plant pot - height: 10 cm (4 inch)
Outside diameter: 12 cm (4 ¾ inch)
Max. diameter inner pot: 10.5 cm (4 ¼ inch)
Inside diameter: 12 cm (4 ¾ inch)
Kishkashta was the main character in one of the first Israeli Educational Television shows, Ma Pit'om - "What on earth?" or "No way!"), The show aired in the 1970s and '80s, when there was only one television station in Israel, TV was still black and white, and there were only a few hours of television a day. Kishkashta was a talking cactus, a felt puppet , who introduced himself singing a solitary song, Ma Pit'om:
"They call me 'Kishkashta,' Kishkashta is my name... I almost forgot: 'hello!' .
The show consisted of Kishkashta asking questions of himself as well as of the Israeli children who were
his co-hosts. the cactus is a symbol of Israeli-born Jews, called sabras ("prickly pear"), as opposed to those who immigrated later, Kishkashta embodied the image of Israeli sabra identity, a character "rough from the outside but soft and sweet from the inside.
Kishkashta is sitting in a metal plant pot. The pot measurements are:
height: 10cm (4 inch),
Outside diameter: 12cm (4 3⁄4 inch),
Max. diameter inner pot: 10.5cm (4 1⁄4 inch),
Inside diameter: 12cm (4 3⁄4 inch)
Kishkashta measurement is about 33 cm (13 inch) from the bottomlegs to the top of the ears.
The ‘body’s ’ measure 10.5 cm (4.1 inch) and fit the plant pot perfectly.
You can put your Kishkashta on the shelf or take him out of the plant pot and give him a hug :)
A PERSONAL NOTE: This is my work, my art and my passion. It is very important for me to ask you to keep the pattern and kit for personal use and respect my hard work. Do not use this pattern & kit, or any parts of it commercially. Always give credit for the design & pattern when sharing your result with others e.g. "Design & Pattern by Hadar Kaplan / Manafka Mina".
Most importantly - Have fun! :)
A take on Kishkashta